Los Angeles, October 15, 2021 – A number of dogs at the West Valley Animal Shelter have tested positive for canine influenza. Canine influenza is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease caused by a specific virus known to infect dogs. While the virus does not attack humans, it can be spread to dogs by humans through touching infected areas. Even though the animals at our shelters are either fully or partially vaccinated for canine influenza, exposure to infected animals requires mitigating measures to control the spread.
In an abundance of caution, we are implementing the following steps at the West Valley Animal Shelter effective immediately to prevent the spread of the virus to healthy dogs in our other shelters and community:
- All dogs at the West Valley Animal Shelter shall be quarantined as ordered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- Members of the public will not be allowed in the quarantined kennel areas.
- Dogs presented to West Valley Animal Shelter for intake will be triaged and those not exhibiting upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms will be diverted to the East Valley Animal Shelter.
- Dogs exhibiting URI symptoms will be maintained at the West Valley Animal Shelter.
West Valley Animal Shelter will continue to remain open during normal business hours from 11am to 5pm on the weekends and 9am to 4pm by appointment only Tuesday through Friday. Dogs at West Valley will be available for adoption to Los Angeles County residents and owners may redeem their lost dogs, but will be provided with instructions to quarantine at home until the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health releases them from quarantine. Owners with dogs at home should refrain from bringing a new dog home at this time.
Cats, kittens, rabbits, and small mammals are not affected by the canine influenza virus and will be available for adoption at the West Valley Animal Shelter as usual.
To foster a healthy dog or adopt another animal from the West Valley Animal Shelter, you can make an appointment using this link or call 888-452-7381.